Harris-Stowe student Reid Chunn named White House HBCU Competitiveness Scholar

Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) student Reid Chunn has been named to the 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars List, an initiative launched by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Chunn is one of 63 students from 54 HBCUs to be selected a 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar – the initiative’s highest student recognition.

Comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional students, Competitiveness Scholars are recognized for successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities that improve long-term outcomes. Nominated and endorsed by their institution’s president, Competitiveness Scholars are selected from among several highly distinguished HBCU students selected for their academic achievement, campus and civic involvement, and entrepreneurial ethos or competitive spirit.

“Reid is a bright, dedicated and talented young man. I am confident he will represent our institution and community very well,” said Dwaun Warmack, president of Harris-Stowe State University.

Chunn is a native of St. Louis and graduate of Gateway STEM High School. He is the 2018-2019 Student Government Association president, a writer for the Gold Press student newspaper, and a member of the Black Male Initiative and Semper Fidelis Pre-Law Society.

“It is an incredible honor and privilege to be selected an HBCU Competitiveness Scholar,” said Chunn, a junior mathematics and mechanical engineering major. “To be nominated by President Warmack and recognized by the White House for my academic achievements, campus and community engagement, and entrepreneurial spirit is special. As a first-generation college student, this selection motivates me to help pave the way and encourage students from similar backgrounds to have faith and persevere through the toughest times.”

In the course of their one-year term, Competitiveness Scholars will learn and share proven, promising practices that support individual and HBCU competitiveness, with the goal of strengthening prospects for career and life success. Scholars were recognized on September 17 during the 2018 National HBCU Week Conference held September 16-18 in Washington, D.C. 

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